The name "Ruby on  Rails" is quite appropriate, IMO.  Ruby could have been just 
another OO language  that faded into oblivion - like SmallTalk.  But, add a 
database interface, an  HTTP interface, scripts for generating shells for basic 
Web applications,  following a model/view/controller design pattern, and 
license everything under  open source - it's like putting a language on 
"rails", where it can go places,  so to speak.
 The part that  interests me the most at the moment is the idea of using 
scripts and  templates to generate basic Web components.  One of my colleagues 
created a utility  for running CL source members interpretively, as opposed to 
compiling CL source  members into programs.  We use it to automate the process 
of compiling, binding,  and building ILE applications, which generally consist 
of a number of modules  and service programs.
 One idea we've  discussed is using CL scripts for generating HTML and RPG 
source members,  providing a shell for basic Web applications, following a 
model/view/controller  design pattern, given just a few parameters like the 
name of the application and  the table or view that needs to be maintained.
 A tool like  Websmart generates HTML and RPG source members for Web 
applications, but  requires significant training and understanding of a 
proprietary scripting  language, logic constructs, and a Windows based GUI 
editor and design tool to be  proficient.
 If you already  know RPG, you may not want to learn an additional higher-level 
scripting  language, just to generate RPG code.  And you may not want  to go 
back to a Windows based tool to maintain the application, and regenerate  the 
RPG code.  What if you could just edit a CL source member, and run a command  
to generate HTML and RPG source members, providing shells for basic Web  
 It's just an  idea.  Another approach we've discussed is having a Wizard, 
providing step by  step prompts, at the conclusion of which, a set of HTML and 
RPG source members  would be generated.  
 It looks like Ruby  on Rails takes more of a command line approach, which is  
 Perhaps PASE and a toolkit  for system interfaces, similar to what Zend did 
for PHP, would be the  key to porting Ruby on Rails to the platform.
 Nathan M.  Andelin

----- Original Message ----
From: AJ Thomas <ajthomas.iseries@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Web Enabling the AS400 / iSeries <web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2006 8:46:49 AM
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Ruby On Rails on the iSeries

I have been using RoR at home for experimentation, and love the power
and simplicity. The Ruby language is great, but the Rails framework is
what wins it. If only we had such a thing in RPG. When IBM started
talking about a DB2 interface for Rails I thought iSeries, but alas
no. I assume they have their hands full with PHP at the moment, if I
had the time and some C skills I would port it to the iSeries. If
anyone does manage to get it over, I would be keen to test it.

I guess porting it to PASE would be simpler, but as it is in C does
that mean it could be ported to the standard environment?

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